Thursday, February 7, 2013

Day trip from Adelaide: Hahndorf

If you are are looking for things to do while in Adelaide, a day trip to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills is a must. On the way check out the views over Adelaide at Mount Lofty lookout. We had a gorgeous time there on our recent holidays. Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and it is very pretty with all it's beautiful elm trees and old houses and shops.

Our first stop was a gorgeous little French cafe - yes Hahndorf...but I couldn't walk past the beautiful hydrangeas and French Louis chairs covered in cowhide that were outside. A French chair gets me every single time!

I did have the name of this cafe somewhere but I've misplaced it and can't find it online...but it's right at the start of the main street and you can't miss it. Divine food and coffee.

We were sorely tempted by these vanilla slices but settled for a macaron and coffee instead.

What a lovely morning tea. And then after we were fully refreshed -from what i don't know as the morning had hardly been strenuous - we then had a stroll around the town. It was a really hot day and the sunlight was harsh and not conducive to photos so I didn't take many but the town has many pretty gardens and old gorgeous buildings.

We then had a German sampler plate and some great beers for lunch at The Hahndorf Inn (I've just had to "walk" the streets of google maps to find the name of this place!) We decided that this pub is definitely the best place for lunch in Hahndorf - our sausages (bratwurst/mettwurst etc) were delicious! A warning is that the normal servings are enormous - we just chose from the $14 German Experience menu and it was excellent.

Phil then suggested we go to the Beerenberg Farms to pick our own strawberries - I at first wasn't to keen - full from lunch and it was boiling hot (over 40 degrees and I was eager to go for a swim back at the beach) but we loved the quick detour to the strawberry fields. Delicious...and what a great successful family business story.

I'm sure there's other wonderful stuff to do in Hahndorf - have you been? any other suggestions?

Perhaps buy a funny apron?

Fiona xx


  1. This all looks very interesting, we are going to Adelaide soon and we were tossing up whether to venture to Hahndorf or not! Now we will! Mx

  2. Wow that place looks gorgeous Fiona! That food in the cafe, yum! Have to say though every time I see 'vanilla slice' I think to myself 'it's not vanilla slice it is custard square!'

    xx Karen

  3. I went to Harndoff around 30 years ago and it has always stuck in my head.there use to be beautiful little craft shops and omg their stuff was make me want to go back there again -love deex

  4. I have never been to SA, I really must go.


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